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About Newport Rowing Club

Founded in August 2010, the Newport Rowing Club is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide education, training, instruction, and participation in amateur rowing while developing the healthy minds, bodies, and character of student athletes.

Our athletes come from all across Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Schools our athletes have attended include: A.I. DuPont, Archmere, Avon Grove, Brandywine, Cab Calloway, Charter, Concord HS, Conrad, Garnet Valley, Kennett, Las Américas ASPIRA, Mt. Pleasant, Padua, Salesianum, Sanford, St. Marks, Tatnall, Tower Hill, Unionville, Ursuline, and Wilmington Friends.

NRC Alumni

Check out our impressive list of alumni and their respective colleges.

Newport Rowing Club's Coaches & Staff

Jess Crosby

Head Coach

Jess started her rowing career as a coxswain at Newport Rowing Club in 2013, while she was a junior at Padua Academy. She was recruited to cox for the Women's Rowing team at Saint Joseph's University in 2015, where she studied International Business and Marketing. While at SJU, she was a four year varsity coxswain on the women's rowing team, and a two year Varsity 8+ coxswain. During the summers of 2015-2017, Jess coached the Developmental Sculling Program at Crescent Boat Club on Boathouse Row and helped with the summer rowing program at SJU. After graduation in 2019, she coached for Conestoga Crew Club on the Schuylkill as the Head Novice Coach. Jess was named Head Coach of Newport Rowing Club in August 2020. 

John ("JT") Tierney

Assistant Coach

John began rowing on the River Thames, at Hammersmith, for St. Clement Danes Grammar School and Furnivall Sculling Club, in 1964. He continued rowing with great success at Reading University in both four and eight-oared events. In 1974, drawn to the area by its established rowing community, he came to Philadelphia and Temple University to study for a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. John rowed at the Vesper Boat Club representing the club at national and international regattas. He also coached intermediate and senior programs each summer between 1979 and 1985. In July 1986 he was named Rowing Team Leader for the US Olympic Sports Festival in Houston Texas. In August 1986 he became the Team Leader for the US lightweight team to the World Rowing Championships in Nottingham, England. He subsequently led US Teams to regattas and World Championships in Copenhagen (Denmark), Luzern (Switzerland), Amsterdam (Holland), Hazewinkel (Belgium), Zeged (Hungary), and Milan (Italy). In 1991 he was Team Leader at the Pan Am games in Cuba, and the following year in Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics. His affiliation began with Newport when his daughter, Lanie, started rowing there in 2016. John Tierney, known to the athletes as "Coach JT", joined the NRC staff alongside his other daughter, Emma, in the spring of 2019. He also serves on the Board at Vesper Boat Club and still occasionally gets in a boat to row with former crewmates.

Maria Biancaniello

Assistant Coach

Maria started rowing at Notre Dame de Namur in 2010 where she was a two-year team captain and took third place in the senior double at both the Stotesbury Cup Regatta and SRAA Nationals in 2014. Maria joined the NRC staff in February 2021 after a successful collegiate career at St. Joseph's University. She was a two-year team captain, two-time Atlantic 10 Conference First Team performer and was named the Hawks’ Most Outstanding Performer in 2017 and 2018. Maria competed in the Varsity 8+ in all 4 years of her time at SJU. In 2017, she was part of the crew that placed third at the Dad Vail Regatta in the Varsity 8+, and then competed in the Henley Women's Regatta in England.  She completed her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from St. Joseph’s in 2018 before completing Temple University’s CST Post Baccalaureate Program in April 2019. Maria currently works as a Biomedical Research Assistant at Lankenau Institute for Medical Research in Philadelphia.

Brendan Wren

Novice Coach

Brendan began rowing in 2014 at Wilmington Youth Rowing Association while he was a student at Wilmington Friends School. He went to Temple University and was a four year member of Temple Men’s Crew. In his sophomore season at Temple, Brendan won gold at the Dad Vail Regatta in the Mens Second Varsity 8+., and competed in the IRA National Championship. He was also part of the crew that compete in the the Henley Royal Regatta in England. As a junior and senior, he was one of the team's top rowers, competing in the Owls' nationally recognized heavyweight Varsity 8+ boat, which contributed to Temple's 2019 win of the Dad Vail Regatta Overall Points Trophy. Brendan graduated in May 2020 from the Fox School of Business with a degree in supply chain management. He began coaching at WYRA in the fall of 2014, teaching middle schoolers and novices in the learn-to-row program, and continued to coach summer rowing camps throughout college. Brendan joined the NRC coaching staff in February 2021 as the Novice Coach.


Sid Dhir

Middle School Coach

Sid began rowing at NRC in 2013 while he was a student at Salesianum High School. During his 4 years  at NRC, he raced in every boat ranging from a single to an eight.  Sid joined the NRC coaching staff in August 2020 as our middle school coach. He currently attends West Chester University where he is studying Biomedical Engineering.

Karen Cunningham


Karen Cunningham has had the opportunity to work with middle and high school students for the last 30 years with her job teaching in the Garnet Valley School District. She made her way to NRC through her daughter, Maggie, who rowed at NRC during her four years at Padua. Maggie loved the sport so much that she continued to row at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and graduated in 2019.

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